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I'm seeking information on one William IRVING (IRVINE) prior to 1867. How and when he came to be in New Brunswick, Canada (from Ireland).
William Irving married Anna Adeliade Seely in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1867. I have copies of the church and town registration of this event. William was born in Ireland and based on his age recorded in the 1881 census, he was born about 1808.
We suspect he had an earlier wife (Jane ___), who may have emigrated with him from Ireland. That information was gleamed from a book "A library of Stone Pages" (an accounting of grave stones in the Wesleyan Methodist church yard). But we are not sure this is the same William IRVINE. I suspect the IRVING - IRVINE difference is due to verbal misunderstanding based on pronunciation and accents by record keepers.
His three children and wife came to the Boston, MA area after William's death. I have records for these individuals in Massachusetts. All the children use the surname IRVING (not Irvine).
William lived in the Portland District (now North Saint John), according to his marriage documents, and all census records for this district have been lost.
There is significant information about the SEELY family available, but that only confirms this marriage event and provides no additional information about William or whence he came.
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